AEK and PAOK make progress in FIBA Champions League

AEK and PAOK make progress in FIBA Champions League


Date Home Team Score Away Team
16-Jan-17 PAOK 90 - 80 Chalon
17-Jan-17 Rosa Radom 63 - 69 AEK
17-Jan-17 Bonn 76 - 59 Aris

Another set of wins for AEK and PAOK sees both sides well in the hunt for a spot in the FIBA Basketball Champions League Round of 16…

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Both AEK and PAOK are deeply invested in the chase for a spot in the FIBA Basketball Champions League Round of 16 after both sides notched massive wins midweek. Meanwhile, Aris have now fallen well back of the pace for not only a spot in the Round of 16 but also are at risk of falling further behind the pack chasing a spot in the FIBA Europe Cup.

On Tuesday night, PAOK were the first side to feature on Gameday 11 as the Thessaloniki outfit hosted Elan Chalon at the PAOK Sports Arena. Following back-to-back wins in Group B, PAOK made it three consecutive victories with a 90-81 defeat of their French guests. Lucky Jones notched a game-high 22 points for PAOK to lead the Dikefale tou Vorra into a three-way tie for the final Round of 16 berth in the group. PAOK will now look to outdo the likes of Chalon and Ventspils with just three gamedays remaining in the group stage.

While AEK are scratching at the door for a berth in the Round of 16, AEK received a huge boost on Wednesday night following the Enosi’s narrow win over Rosa Radom in Poland. Manny Harris led AEK with 22 points in the win; a result that sees AEK sit in a four-way tie for third place in the group along with Umana Reyer Venezia, medi Bayreuth, and SIG Strasbourg.

Another heavy defeat for Aris has put the Round of 16 at risk for Panagiotis Giannakis after his side lost 75-59 to Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany on Wednesday night. Aris were unable to overcome an early first quarter deficit with the likes of Eleftherios Bochoridis and Michalis Tsairelis held to just 10 points each on the night. The loss sees Aris now winless in their last three outings and tied for second-from-bottom in Group D.

by Peter Katsiris
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